Annual Book Sale

One of the most anticipated Friends’ events is the Book Sale where the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St.) is transformed into one of the biggest book sales around. Guests will find a wide selection of books, movies, music, children’s books, and more. Admission is free and the proceeds benefit the Abilene Public Library.

Email the Friends of the Abilene Library, or call 325-676-6025 if you have any questions.

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June 17-20, 2021 at Abilene Convention Center

Thursday, June 17; 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Open to current members of the Friends of the Library who will get the first chance at purchasing from the collection this year.  If you’re not a member, arrive early on this evening at the Convention Center and purchase a membership at the door.

Friday, June 18; 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday, June 19; 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Everyone is welcome to the Convention Center to peruse and purchase materials from the collection.  There’s something for everyone at the book sale, you just have to find take a look.

Sunday, June 20; 1:00PM - 4:00PM (Hours TBA)

During the final day of the sale, $6.00 will get you a bag where you can take as many books as you can fit into it.  All bags will be provided.  Don’t miss out on your last chance to snag some great deals.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I donate materials for the book sale?

Update 05-12-20: No donations will be accepted for the remainder of of the year due to postponing 2020’s sale. We will inform everyone when will begin accepting donations in 2021.

We accept donations throughout the year at your Main Library (202 Cedar St).  We do ask that you bring your donations to the alley behind the Main Library (where the outside book drop is located) Monday through Friday between 9AM to 4PM.  You will see double doors where you may then ring the door bell and someone will come out to help assist you in unloading your donations.

Please Note: We stop receiving donations the week prior to the Annual Book Sale in preparation to move all donations for the sale.  During this time, if you still wish to donate, you may be asked to bring your materials to the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St) or deliver them to the library after the sale has ended.
2. How much are the materials at the sale?

Children’s Books
Regular Hard/Soft Cover
CDs or DVDs, Books on Tape
Computer Software

There will also be two specialty areas including the Corner Store featuring almost new books at a fraction of the original cost and the Antiques & Uniques area for rare and collectible materials.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or checks and credit cards & debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Diners Club; American Express not accepted).
4. Where do the items in the sale come from?
The majority of materials are received through donations form the community. A small fraction of items come from the library’s collection.
5. Are there children’s books?
Yes. There is a children’s section and we suggest you arrive at the sale early as this area is a popular section.
6. What happens to the books at the end of the sale?
Remaining materials are donated to local organizations & non-profits. No materials are used towards next year’s sale unless donated back to the library at a later time.
7. Can I continue to donate materials during the sale?
Although we appreciate your donations, we ask that you not donate materials once materials are moved to the Convention Center. You may begin to donate after the sale has ended.
8. Can I volunteer at the sale?
Yes. There are a number of volunteer opportunities both before, during, and after the sale. It’s a great opportunity to see what the Friends do. We’ll provide you with contact information for the event’s volunteer coordinator as we get closer to the next sale date.
9. Do I need to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend the sale?
Only the Preview Sale requires a Friends’ membership. If you’re not a Friend of the Library, memberships may be purchased the night of the Preview Sale at the Convention Center.  Please be sure to arrive early to do so.
10. Are there refunds?
No. All sales are final.
11. Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds go towards benefiting the Abilene Public Library. Your support of the sale not only helps you stock your personal libraries, it helps to support your public library to provide enhanced library services including materials, equipment, programming, and staff training opportunities.